Sudado de Pescado (Colombian-Style Fish Stew)

When I was growing up in Colombia, my mom made sudados once a week. Sudados are a popular dish in Colombia and we have many variations of this dish. For my mom, sudado is the perfect one pot, quick and simple meal. She would make a big pot so we would have left overs for the next day and served it over white rice and fried pantains with avocado on the side.

The aromas of this dish remind me of home whenever I cook it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. This is traditional Colombian home cooking, the style of food that my mom knows how to make very well. Some other variations of sudados are: chicken, beef, pork, meatballs and fish.

Buen Provecho!



(4- 6 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 pounds sword fish steaks
  • 1 pound frozen yuca (cassava)
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sazon Goya with azafran or achiote
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion and scallions and sauté until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, garlic, salt and ground pepper and sauté for 5 more minutes.
  2. Add water, yuca and cumin powder. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add Fish steaks and cilantro and cook for an additional 15 minutes or until the fish is cooked and the yuca is tender.
  4. Serve with white rice and fried sweet plantains on the side.
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  1. Sandra g says

    Too bad I didn’t see this post earlier today, I made some fish for lunch (I’m on vacation from school), it was good, but this would have been so much better!

  2. says

    Being the self confessed fish freak that I am I have to say that just looking at picture, nevermind checking the recipe is giving me huge cravings!!! Wow

  3. says

    Erica, you are never going to believe this. I made a dish almost exactly like this yesterday! Yours looks great especially with the side of rice, I like that!!

  4. says

    I just bought some of the Sazon with azafran and I am glad to see how you used it in one of your recipes. It looks colorful and gorgeous.

  5. says

    Ummm Erica the colors and flavors here, I think I can smell it now? I would love eating at your house, if I have not already stated that, lol! I keep seeing the hot dogs, oh me oh my…

    Your blog is a keeper in my books! Now I am going over to some other things I have to catch up here…

  6. Ben Bustillo says

    I’m going to make this one tomorrow for my daughter, but I will use salmon instead. I think it will come out right. I will let you know, and perhaps take a photo (only if it looks good…)



  7. Doris says

    I made this dish today and it was delicious!!! I used Talapia and potatoes instead of the sword fish and yuca and it came out just right….sooo yummy!!…My family loved it. Thanks….

  8. Anita says

    Your recipes are great! I love your website! My dad is interesting in using your recipes but he doesn’t speak English . Do you have a website with the recipes in Spanish?

  9. Michelle says

    The recipes on this site are wonderful! I made this one tonight. I followed the recipe exactly and my family loved it, even my 2 year old son. Looking forward to trying all of them. Thanks

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